Guneaux Designs Strumming Guitar

What does the word, strings, bring to your mind?  For me, it is my Dad’s old Gibson Dove Custom guitar.  That thought generated this Guneaux Designs Strumming Guitar card.

Why would the word strings come to my mind?  It is because today’s Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple Challenge was to think of strings when creating and submitting a card for the challenge.  The image showcased on this Guneaux Designs Strumming Guitar card is a digital image that I downloaded and colored.  I used Copic Sketch Markers in shade of browns and blues to color it.

I wanted to add a couple elements to the guitar that reminded me of my Dad’s guitar, which I have now because of his passing.  The two elements are the bird on the right and the white panel at the bottom right of the guitar.  I added white Crystal Drops to these elements to give them the look of mother of pearl.  My Dad’s guitar has a mother of pearl dove and other mother of pearl elements on it.  I thought the Crystal Drops would be perfect to replicate that.

After finishing with the image, I used a die from My Favorite Things to cut the white panel, and attached it to a turquoise card base.  Because the Guneaux Designs Strumming Guitar card is a clean and simple one, that’s all, folks!  Thank you for stopping by!

The primary supplies used for this card are:


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MATTHEW 5:8-10

“Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, ‘Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘I will come and heal him.’ The centurion answered and said, ‘Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed… ‘When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!’ 

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge

Hello, my friends!  Hope you are having a blessed day.  Tuesday’s Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge involved creating with four Stampin’ Up! Colors; Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point. The challenge is titled, CC572 Getting Real Wild in the Mist on the Pacific.  Cool title, don’t you think?

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge

To participate in the challenge, I decided to create a scene with a blue jay as the focal point, as you can see in the photo below.

UPDATE:  This card was in the Splitcoaststampers Favorites of the Week ending March 6, 2016Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge CC572

I didn’t have a blue jay stamp; therefore, I decided to use a Stampin’ Up! Cardinal stamp to create a blue jay.  I used Copic Markers as close in color as the four above colors to color the blue jay and the twig upon which he rests.  Next, I sponged Marina Mist and Pacific Point ink to create the sky.  Then I used Wild Wasabi ink to develop the tree-filled “mountains”.  I put more of the Wild Wasabi ink onto the left side than the right side, trying to create a slight contrast.

I used the trees stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Plant Hope stamp set to randomly stamp trees. Afterward, I used a white pencil to add highlights to the trees.

Here is a closeup of my blue jay:

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge

The twig upon which the blue jay sits has berries. To pull in the Real Red color, I decided to use three Stampin’ Up! Real Red Candy Dots to cover most of the berries.  Additionally, I added a Real Red Happy Birthday cutout to pull in more red.

I hope you have enjoyed my blue jay!  Now it’s your turn to create a greeting card using the Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point colors.

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge



Stamps:  Stampin’ Up! A Cardinal Christmas and Plant Hope

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, and Pacific Point Card Stock

Ink:  Copics, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, and Pacific Point

Card Size:  A2

Accessories:  MISTI, North Coast Creations Happy Birthday Die, and Stampin’ Up! Brights Candy Dots

Techniques:  Coloring With Copics, Sponging


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“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:14

SU Thoughts and Prayers

What is your opinion about a Stampin’ Up! color combination of SU Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, and Lost Lagoon?  I think they are beautiful together.  I used the SU Thoughts and Prayers and Pendant Park to create a scene with these colors.

SCS Color Challenge 2-9-16

Splitcoaststampers had these colors as its Color Challenge for today (CC569).  Here is the card I submitted for the challenge.

SU Thoughts and Prayers

UPDATE:  My card was selected as one of the favorites for the week ending February 14, 2016

The scene is of squirrels enjoying the park bench (lol), and it’s in the shape of an oval (which gave one extra points if an oval was used). I added a floral image on the top left and bottom right that I embossed with white embossing powder.  It’s quite difficult to see that.

I covered the two image stamps with VersaMark and ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder. This was to prevent mixing inks while sponging for the background. I have to say that I’m disappointed with a couple of products I used as the ink I added to the Whisper White card stock edges bled onto the front of the card stock. Then forgetting about the SU ink serving as a base for embossing, I got white embossing powder on the scene while embossing the floral images on the white portion of the card. My mistake.



Stamps: SU Thoughts and Prayers and Pendant Park Stamp Sets

Paper: SU Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, and Lost Lagoon Card Stock

Card Size: A2

Ink: SU Watermelon Wonder, Old Olive, and Lost Lagoon Inks

Accessories: SU Sponges and Daubers, VersaMark, and White and Clear Embossing Powders

Techniques: Sponging BlogDivider_zpsed339ea1

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God’s Blessings!

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